Published Date: May 12, 2022

All services at the Industrial Property Office (IPO) and the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) are suspended due to Strike Action. Some of these services include the making of payments, filing of applications, prosecuting matters and following up at the RGD and the IPO for all intellectual property matters.

 We are informed that the reason behind the strike concerns financial issues relating to the Registry Staff.

 We also understand that while the RGD and the IPO remain open, no work is being done until the strike action is called off.

 We are unable to comment on whether or not the strike days will be treated as dies non (in the case of impending deadlines) as we await further communication from the IPO and RGD in this regard.

 We are monitoring the situation closely and will report on developments as they occur.

Megan Moerdijk
Partner | Trade Mark Attorney
Kim Erasmus
Associate | Attorney

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